Republicans, Catholic Conference Clash With Democrats, Gay Rights Activists Over Judge's Ruling

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Republican Party and the Catholic Conference are among the critics of a federal judge's decision to strike down a Pennsylvania law banning recognition of same-sex marriage, while Democrats and gay rights advocates are celebrating it.

U.S. District Judge John Jones III overturned the law Tuesday and says it's unconstitutional.

Governor Tom Corbett is staying silent for now on whether he'll appeal.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane says the state's progressed and the constitution prevailed, while U.S. Senator Bob Casey says it's the right decision. Ted Martin of Equality PA says the decision means that love wins.

The Catholic Conference of Pennsylvania calls it a redefinition of marriage and hopes an appeal is prompt. Republican Party chairman Rob Gleason also slammed the decision, saying an activist judge is disregarding other branches of government.

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